... a different sort of darkness altogether.

‘Very much like just being asleep,’ thought Alice, giving another yawn.


‘So comforting in a warm and wonderful sort of way,’ she mused, as she half closed her eyes several times.


In another instant she had closed them completely and her adventures had begun.


*   *   *   *   *


The first sensation that Alice felt was one of falling down a deep, deep hole.


It wasn’t that Alice had that much experience falling down holes, deep or otherwise.


Rather, it was the sensation that she thought she might feel if she ever did fall down a sufficiently deep hole, except that there was no rush of wind through her hair and certainly no visual cues to suggest that she was falling anywhere in particular at all.


It was quite an exhilarating feeling, really, and after a while Alice started to become less and less alarmed by the whole experience.

‘After all,’ she thought, ‘if I am falling somewhere then there is very little that I can do about it so I might as well enjoy it while I can.  But, oh, this is going on for such a long time that there must surely be an extra solid bump when I finally do land at wherever it is that I am going.

‘I don’t mind falling,’ she added, bravely, ‘but it is the sudden stop, you know.  That is what really hurts.

‘Then again,’ thought Alice, ‘as I fall, I can feel my stomach rising up so maybe the ...

‘… there must surely be an extra solid bump when I finally do land …’